A new bill could aid rainforest preservation by banning services or products linked to rainforest deforestation.
The bill would require contractors that import to California to ensure their policies and products aren’t contributing to tropical deforestation. This would include beef, soy, palm oil, paper, and wood pulp amongst other products.
State Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) introduced the California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act. It is co-sponsored by Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Eduardo Garcia, and Eloise Reyes.
If passed, the bill would require the policies, otherwise known as “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE)” policies, to be in place by January 2021.